LADWP Supports National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014
|LOS ANGELES— The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is proud to support National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014. National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness of the severe weather that affects everyone and to encourage individuals, families businesses and communities to know their risk, take action and be an example. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
“It may come as a surprise to some, but even in L.A. we have severe weather – including wind, rain and heat – which increases the likelihood of power outages,” said David Wiggs, Senior Assistant General Manager of the LADWP Power System. “We know very well the possible impacts of weather on the power grid and feel very strongly about supporting National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.”
LADWP is also part of a network of hundreds of public power utilities across the country that have agreed to offer mutual aid—usually in the form of crews and equipment—to their fellow utilities through coordination by the American Public Power Association. APPA’s Mutual Aid Working Group is currently developing a national Mutual Aid Plan for public power utilities.
“Severe weather and power outages go hand-in-hand,” said Danette Scudder, chair of APPA’s Mutual Aid Working Group and member services manager at the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association. “It’s important for public power customers all over the country to know that when severe weather strikes your local utility has a massive network of other utilities in its corner—ready to send crews and help get the lights back on.”